Western Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre to remain closed until at least late October; review of service underway

The Western Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre (CEC) will remain closed until at least late October 2022 due to ongoing staffing challenges, with a possibility of the closure extending into November if staffing conditions persist.

This closure does not affect the emergency department service. That service will to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

During the closure, there will be a formal review of the current CEC model, which has been in place since 2013.

“The staffing difficulties at the Western Hospital CEC require a full review to determine a path toward sustainable, effective care for people in the region,” said Dr. Michael Gardam, Health PEI CEO. “This review is the first step towards enhancing acute emergency services in West Prince. To be clear, this is about providing better service and the right service, not about looking for ways to close programs.” 

This review will identify areas for improvement and help determine the best use of resources to provide acute emergency services in West Prince. It will consist of three interrelated components that will inform recommendations:

  • Review of administrative and clinical data 
  • Engagement with staff/physicians, management, leadership, and partners 
  • Literature review and jurisdictional scan

Learnings from this review will inform future planning, which will include engagement with local staff, communities and members of the public. 

Media Contact:
Everton McLean
Chief Communications Officer, Health PEI

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